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Bucket List Heli Trips That Don’t Involve Skiing

The worst thing about helicopters: the cost. The best thing: getting to surf, ride, or raft places you could never dream of reaching without one.

We know you’re not booking heli trips every year. Your budget and the environment simply wouldn’t allow it. But maybe once or twice in a lifetime, there’s a spot you want to get to—a remote river canyon, a faraway glaciated peak, or that perfect surf break off the shore of an isolated island—and the only way to get there is with help from a helicopter. We’re talking about bucket-list adventures in some of the most stunning, hard-to-reach places on earth. Turns out, there’s a lot you can do besides ski if you have a helicopter as transportation.

Paddle Remote River Canyons 

Golden, British Columbia–based Glacier Raft Company has exclusive access to raft the Kicking Horse River’s legendary lower canyon, a 2.5-mile stretch of Class IV rapids with massively steep rock walls on either side. The only way to access this part of the river is by helicopter. The chopper will drop you, your guide, and the raft at the put-in (from $231).

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